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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 • Posted February 10, 2016
Today is Mardi Gras. That is French for Fat Tuesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Tomorrow will be all about sacrifice, solemnity and observation of ritual. For today, we celebrate, and we will do so again in 40 days. Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday, marked by services around the area.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 • Posted February 3, 2016
Small towns are tagged, stereotypically, as being places where nothing ever happens and there's nothing to do. Obviously the folks that think that haven't taken a look around at everything that goes on every week in towns like Mason. I think the failure to realize the broad range of events and experiences that are available often has to do with not recognizing some things as being public events.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 • Posted January 28, 2016
As last weekend approached, the entire east coast of the United States began bracing for a possible winter storm. Though it was the middle of January, areas from the Carolinas all the way north to New York had yet to experience substantial snowfall. That finally changed! Throughout the weekend, reports poured in of heavy snows in Washington, D.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 • Posted January 20, 2016
Gerry, I usually don't try to take sides but - - - - I am really getting tired of hearing about how bad our county roads are. I wonder if people stop and think about the times you only went anywhere on a have-to-go basis? Now, with all the people moving in there is a lot more traffic on our roads and people think nothing of going to town 3 or 4 times a day.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 • Posted January 20, 2016
The old saw says that there are two things you don't want to watch while they're being made: sausage and laws. I would counter that lawmaking is terrifying to watch; but, sausage making,,, that's a social occasion. Last Saturday, after a week of preparatory work, a group of friends gathered in a cabin to begin the process of turning beef, pork, venison and spices into tasty, home-stuffed sausage.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 • Posted November 5, 2015
Our annual Hunters' & Visitors' Guide is in this edition of the News. For me, this is the 16th time I've put together one of the supplements, and I hope you enjoy what we've done. Of course, if the Guide is in the paper, that can only mean one thing -- the general season begins on Saturday.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 • Posted October 22, 2015
The old expression “can’t know a player without a program” still has traction, but particularly at this time of year, the same is true of coaches. Few would join picket lines opposing college presidents announcing “votes of confidence” for coaches soon to be sent packing. Typically, firings occur after coaches have delayed dissection of horrid losses, pending “seeing the tapes.” Such coaches sound like “broken records,” sadly shepherding yet more teams that never broke any.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 • Posted October 21, 2015
You get what you wish for. And more. A stitch in time saves nine. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. And don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Look before you leap. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Silence is golden. Give an inch, they’ll take a mile. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. And don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Now that’s a horse of a different color. Never bite the hand that fee ...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 • Posted October 21, 2015
Parts of Texas have now recovered from the lingering drought that has affected almost the entire state. For the most part, even with rains in early summer, the rest of us are still coping with drought on a daily basis. I've been going back time and again to the various forecasts for the week ahead.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 • Posted October 14, 2015
We've now had two Republican debates in the presidential race. On Tuesday night, the first Democratic debate is going to be held. By the time this column is on the street, the prognosticators will already be discussing who won, who lost, and who failed to even show up. On the Republican side, a large field of candidates has already started winnowing out those who can't pull together the support they need to go further (including former Governor Rick Perry). On the Democratic side, the field i ...
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 • Posted October 7, 2015
Dear Gerry, I was planning to write a letter to you about how great the Puncher decorations make our town look. The people in Mason really are supportive of the youth of the town. Then, on Saturday morning, I saw houses vandalized with toilet paper, again. This gives a very poor impression on visitors coming to Mason.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 • Posted October 7, 2015
Editor: This is a follow up letter concerning the Comanche park. I went to the city office to see if the budget for 2016 had been decided on and if the comanche park had been included in the agenda. It had been but it was turned down. Once again I was told there were other priorities to take care of . According to the second person I talked to concerning the recreational fund, stated that the fund does not specifically states what it is to be used for.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 • Posted October 7, 2015
As a child, I found nostalgia a bit laughable. It seemed strange to me that, with all the wonderful things available to us on a daily basis, anyone would opine about how "things used to be." In yet another of life's little ironies, I now find myself longing for those things that are no longer a normal part of our world.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 • Posted September 30, 2015
Dear Editor, This summer two of my classmates and I, along with about one hundred other young adults across Texas, attended the HOBY leadership seminar in Austin. This was a truly outstanding and eye opening experience that will impact me for the rest of my life. Collaborating with the group I was placed in upon my arrival, I participated in debates and activities targeted to teach us new leadership skills as well as enhance the skills we already possessed.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 • Posted September 30, 2015
Dear Mr. Gamel, Over the summer, I was one of the few students selected to attend the HOBY Youth Leadership Conference. It was truly an amazing and educational experience, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made my attendance possible. So, to the Mason Bank and the former members of the Bluebonnet Study Club, I offer a sincere “thank you.” In just a few short days, the HOBY Conference exposed me to forms of leadership that I’d never experienced before, and ...